Black bass and crappie are biting.
James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker said black bass can be caught with jerk baits, Alabama rigs or crawdad-colored crank baits. Points in the midlake area are good spots to fish.
Crappie are biting minnows or jigs 15 feet deep on the south half of the lake.
Striped bass are scattered lakewide. To find stripers, locate shad schools with a depth finder or look for gulls feeding on shad.
Hickory Creek Marina reports crappie are biting 10 feet deep around all types of wood cover. No report on other species.
Lisa Mullins at Beaver Dam Store said trout are biting well on nightcrawlers or Power Bait from the dam to Spider Creek.
The top lures are small spoons or Flicker Shads, especially during power generation. Fly fishermen are using San Juan worms, midges or pheasant-tails.
David Powell at the lake office said black bass and crappie are both biting crappie jigs. Black bass are also taking jerk baits or jig and pigs.
Mike McBride at the lake bait shop said crappie are biting fair on jigs or minnows eight feet deep. Try liver for catfish. Black bass fishing is slow.
Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said soft plastic lures fished two to 20 feet are working well. Top-water lures and swim baits may also work.
Stroud recommends fishing for black bass with jerk baits or jig and pigs. Use a hair jig, not a rubber-skirted jig.
Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said trout at Lake Brittany are biting well on Power Bait or Buoyant spoons.
Lake Windsor is fishing well for black bass with Alabama rigs, swim baits or jerk baits.
Stroud said black bass are biting jerk baits or Alabama rigs.
Table Rock Lake
Pete Wenners at Pete’s Professional Guide Service said anglers should watch for a threadfin shad die-off happening in the cold water. During a shad kill, fish with a white hair jig 15 feet deep under a bobber.
Fish the jig along bluffs and channel swings. Or, fish wherever gulls are feeding on the dying shad.
Sports on 02/06/2018